A WOMAN who works at a North Yorkshire air base has been commended in the New Year’s Honours List.

Squadron Leader Angela Unsworth has been awarded an MBE for “outstanding and dedicated personal commitment to improving the services and support to all personnel and their families” at RAF Linton-on-Ouse over the last three years. The award recognises her campaign to improve the facilities at the base. She also played roles in providing a new home at the base for the Yorkshire Universities Air Squadron and supporting the Yorkshire Air Ambulance’s helicopter operation at nearby RAF Topcliffe.

Meanwhile, Stephen Firn, who was educated at Hempland Primary School and Archbishop Holgate’s School, and is now chief executive of Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust London, received the OBE in recognition of his services to healthcare, particularly mental health.

Other award recipients at RAF Linton-on-Ouse include Squadron Leader Richard Edwards, awarded a Chief of the Air Staff’s Commendation for his outstanding devotion to duty while deputising as the Officer Commanding No 72 (Reserve) Squadron; Flight Lieutenant Andrew Fyvie-Rae and Flight Lieutenant David Kirby both received Commendation of the Air Officer Commanding No 22 Group for their performances as display pilot and manager respectively of the 2013 Tucano Display Team; Cpl James Hutchinson received the Commendation of the Air Officer Commanding No 22 Group for his work supporting physical education at the base and as vice-captain of the GB Armed Forces rugby team.